The medical field is continually advancing. Along with gaining new skills and knowledge, the healthcare industry is now incorporating technology at greater speeds than ever before. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming one of the most dominant trends in the industry. It is being used more and more frequently for everything from administrative tasks to creating three-dimensional prints of organs. AI is streamlining processes, improving patient care, and improving diagnosis accuracy.
AI in the medical industry
Artificial Intelligence is used in industries and applications around the world. However, it is a relative newcomer to the field of health and medicine. Even with it being somewhat new, many advances have been made within the past 10 years. One of the most prominent examples of AI in the medical field is Electronic Health Records, or EHR. Electronic health records are patient records stored online. By putting records in a central location, medical practitioners have faster access to information about their patients. This lets them treat patients more quickly and efficiently. Advances in electronic patient records have increased over the past several years, and they are expected to become more commonplace in hospitals and patient care facilities in the future.
Google algorithm improves cancer prediction
Humans go through years of training to become licensed as medical doctors. But sometimes, Artificial Intelligence is even more efficient and accurate. Studies show that AI may improve diagnoses and treatments in the following categories:
AI will play a large role in healthcare in the future. Recently, Google created an algorithm that can help detect breast cancer in early stages. Studies show than one in eight women risk developing breast cancer during their lifetimes. But Google’s algorithm may detect cancer in the earlier stages, which in turn improves the prognosis, treatment options, and potential longevity of women affected by the cancer.
So far, the algorithm has proven to be more effective than medical practitioners at diagnosing breast cancer and eliminating false positives and false negatives. False positives mean a patient is told he or she has cancer when a cancer doesn’t actually exist. A false negative means that a patient is told he or she does not have cancer when the disease is actually present.
Benefits and concerns of Google’s algorithm
As with any field, AI is not 100% accurate. While an algorithm can detect cancers with a greater accuracy than medical practitioners, it is not a perfect science. After all, Google has not had the years’ worth of training that medical providers do. Furthermore, the algorithm is limited to its ability for cancer detection. It cannot prescribe treatment or suggest lifestyle changes as a doctor can.
However, studies have shown that Google’s algorithm is at least as accurate as a human radiologist in finding cancer, if not more. It also shows that because of its high level of accuracy, AI can step in to replace workers when there’s a shortage of skilled employees. This ultimately retains a high level of patient care and ensures patients are treated in a timely fashion.
Emerging technological developments in the medical field
AI is playing a starring role in many aspects of the medical industry. Along with detecting cancer at an earlier rate, it appears in many other medical settings. This includes wearable technology such as medical devices and Apple products that collect data for medical practitioners to evaluate including routines, sleep habits, and heart rate. AI is also used in surgery, virtual reality, and to create artificial organs.
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